Couldn't they use artificial skin to replace the skin John lost?
Author's Response: My reasoning is that the damage has mostly healed over by now, so there just isn't any real way for them to connect the artificial skin to his own face, particularly since the injury happened when he was still growing and has therefore changed even further since then.
OMG FINALLY!! Thank you for finally updating! I totally agree with your "dragging out John & Elizabeth's relationship" as you put it. It's still too soon. On another note, I don't understand why plastic surgery would be impractical for John. With all the alien technology the SGC has acquired over the years, as well as US medial advances, why wouldn't doctors be able to fix John's face? This continues to be a great story. Please hurry with the next chapter.
Author's Response: The basic problem is that there's too much damage to what remains of his face; there just isn't enough flesh left for them to be able to remould it into a more 'appealing' appearance, and the damage is too old for most healing technology to work (Assuming that it WOULD work considering that John technically wasn't 'injured', but just lost data while being teleported).
That said, glad you liked it; hope the sequel continues to interest you.